Iranian Dissidents Call for Congressional Investigation into VOA-Persian & Iran Regime’s Lobby in U.S


The Honorable Bob Corker
Chairman, Committee on Foreign Relations
United States Senate

The Honorable Ed Royce
Chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs
U.S. House of Representatives


With the presidential transition now complete, the time has come for a complete reassessment of U.S. policy toward the Islamic Republic of Iran. As Americans of Iranian heritage and Iranian dissidents, we see such a rethink as a necessary first step in realizing President Donald Trump’s vision of putting America’s national security interests first.

Specifically, we write to request a congressional hearing on the efforts of Tehran’s theocratic regime to influence U.S. policy and public diplomacy toward Iran. We ask that you launch an investigation into any and all lobbying activities of Iranian-American groups, which ostensibly promote the interests of our community but whose real goal is to undermine long-term U.S. national-security interests in Iran and its neighborhood.

We also ask that you launch an inquiry into the Voice of America’s Persian service, whose bloated budget is the largest of all language services under the VOA. There have been numerous instances of editorials by the VOA’s Persian service that have been lenient or favorable to Iran’s clerical despots. We consider this to be totally unacceptable and demoralizing for pro-democracy Iranians who watch these broadcasts.

We stand ready to provide any and all support that you and your colleagues may require for such hearings. We appreciate your attention to this important matter.



Peter Kohanloo, President, Iranian American Majority (IAM)

Abdolreza Ahmadi, Board Chairman, Association for the Promotion of Open Society

Afshin Afshin Jam, Political and Human Rights Activist

Ahmad Eshghyar, Engineer and Co-founder of Iranian Liberal Students & Graduates

Ahmad Mazahery, Activist

Ali Asghar Haghdar, Hellman-Hammett Award-Winning Writer and Political Refugee

Ali Ashtari PhD, Electrical Engineering Researcher

Ali Kimiai, New York Persian Parade

Ali Nazari, Fmr. Political Prisoner and Digital Media Professional

Alireza Kiani, Fmr. Political Prisoner and Member, ILSG

Amir Ezati, Writer and Filmmaker

AmirHossein Etemadi, Executive Director, Int’l Center for Liberalism Studies

AmirYahya Ayatollahi, Researcher in Iranian Studies

Aram Hessami PhD, Professor, Montgomery College

Ardeshir Zarezadeh, Executive Director, International Center for Human Rights

Ashkan Yazdchi, Fmr. Political Prisoner

Avideh MotmaenFar DO, Human Rights Activist

Babak Ejlali, Political Activist

Bahman Amirhosseini, Political Activist

Bahman Zahedi, Activist

Banafsheh Zand, Political Analyst and Activist

Bardiya Ahoorai, Political Activist

Behieh Jailani, Sociologist

Behrouz Khosrozadeh, Political Scientist

Behzad Mehrani, Fmr. Political Prisoner and Political Activist

Cyrus S. Shahrazi, Entrepreneur and Activist

Damon Golriz, Research Fellow, Int’l Peace, Justice & Security, The Hague University

Danesh Foroughi, Psychologist

Daniel Jafari, Physician

Daniel Tousi, Political Activist

Esfandyar Khalaf, Political Analyst

Farid Khavari, Economist

Farshad Doustipour, Political Activist

Farzad Farahani, Television Host and Activist

Firouzeh Ghaffarpour, Political Analyst and Activist

Foad Pashaie, Fmr. Secretary General, Constitutionalist Party of Iran

Fred Saberi, Human Rights Activist

George Haroonian, Activist

Haideh Tavackoli, Activist

Hamed Sheibanyrad, Research Fellow, French National Center for Scientific Research

Hamid Alizadeh, Fmr. Political Prisoner and Board Member, IAM

Hanif HosseinDoust, Fmr. Political Prisoner and Political Activist

Hassan Mansoor PhD, Professor, American Graduate School of Business & Economics

Heidar Boroumand MD

Hossein Khorram, Real Estate Developer

Houman David Hemmati MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, USC Keck School of Medicine

Kambiz Soltanein, Journalist

Kaveh Shirzad, Civil Rights Activist

Kaveh Taheri, Fmr. Political Prisoner and Journalist

Kevin Fatemi, Engineer

Khosrow Akmal PhD, Fmr. Iranian Ambassador to Australia

Khosrow Beitollahi, Secretary General, Constitutionalist Party of Iran

Mahboubeh Hoseinpour, Political Activist

Majid Mohammadi, Sociologist

Mansoureh Nasserchian, Human Rights Activist

Marjan Keypour Greenblatt, Human Rights Activist

Marjan Mohsenin, Accountant

Maryam Moazenzadeh, Human Rights Activist

Maryam Moghaddam, Human Rights Activist

Masood Masjoodi, Mathematician and Political Activist

Masoumeh Mohammadinia, Radio Host

Mehdi Jalali Tehrani, Researcher

Mehrdad Rahbar, Architect and Artist

Meisam Mehrani, Human Rights Activist and Member, ILSG

Mohammad Izadi, Essayist

MohammadReza Heydari, Fmr. Consul of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Norway

Nader Zahedi PhD, Undersecretary General, Constitutionalist Party of Iran

Nikahang Kowsar, Journalist and Cartoonist

Nima Rashedan, Political Analyst and Digital Democracy Researcher

Pari Asgari, Radio Host

Parivash Saadati, Political Activist

Pooya Dayanim, Esq., President, Iranian Jewish Public Affairs Committee

Ramin Parham PhD, Author and Political Analyst

Reza Parchizadeh, Political Theorist and Analyst

Rouzbeh Meshkinkhat, Secretary General, Proud Iran Party

Roxanne Ganji, Political Analyst and Activist

Roya Araghi PhD, Fmr. Prisoner of Conscience and Human Rights Activist

Saba Farzan, Executive Director, Foreign Policy Circle and Board Member, IAM

Salman Sima, Fmr. Political Prisoner and Member, ILSG

Samuel Toca, Social Activist and Artist

Shabnam Assadollahi, Writer and Human Rights Activist

Shayan Arya, Member, Constitutionalist Party of Iran and Human Rights Activist

Sheema Kalbasi, Human Rights Activist

Shirin Tabibzadeh, Activist

Siavash Afshar, President, California Pacific Regional Center

Siavash Safavi, Fmr. Political Prisoner and Comedian

Sima Tajdini, Artist and Journalist

Slater Bakhtavar, Attorney and Senator, National Iranian Congress

Youhan Najdi PhD, Executive Director, Association for the Promotion of Open Society

Zaman Feyli, Journalist

The following names were added after the letter was submitted:

Mohsen Behzad Karimi – EU correspondent & Political Activist

Shahin Sartipi – Political Activist

Shay Khatiri – Political Activist

Pedram Rafati – Political Activist and Fmr. Political Prisoner

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